Sharp pin found in sausage package at Guelph grocery store

No Frills is owned by Loblaw Cos. Ltd. In an email message, Inge van den Berg, senior vice-president for corporate affairs, said the health and safety of the company’s customers is paramount.

http://news.guelphmercury.com/
October 16, 2009

Sharp pin found in sausage package at Guelph grocery store
Rob O'Flanagan

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Pin found in sausage package.

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GUELPH — A silver pin about 2.5 centimetres long was discovered in a package of sausage purchased Sunday at the No Frills grocery store on Silvercreek Parkway North.

The discovery marks the second time this year that food appears to have been tampered with at the store. Guelph Police and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are investigating.

The incident is considered an isolated one. Other packages of the affected product, Butcher’s Choice Honey Garlic Pork Sausage, were removed from the store’s shelves.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is tracing the history of the product in which the pin was found, and No Frills has inspected similar products to ensure no others were tampered with.

“It’s a foreign object that has nothing to do with food manufacturing,” police investigator Const. Don Conibear said, explaining why the discovery of the one-inch pin is considered an act of tampering.

The object had a sharp point, a bend in the bottom third and a rounded head. It was found in a single sausage from a single package of Butcher’s Choice Honey Garlic Pork Sausage.

“I’m tracing the history of that package from the time of manufacture to the time of sale,” Conibear said. “And I am also determining if that package was intended for that store or was it placed in that store.”

Ron Ramdeholl, an inspection agency director, was in Guelph Thursday taking part in the investigation. He said it is unlikely other packages of the product were interfered with.

“We’ve had a thorough look at the store — at other packages that were displayed in the vicinity of the product that was affected,” Ramdeholl said. “From all indications at this point, there were no other products or packages involved.”

Ramdeholl said such cases crop up from time to time, but not regularly.

“We take this very seriously,” he said. “Our main intent is to prevent any other potentially affected product from being sold and getting into the hands of consumers. In this case, we believe that there is a minimal chance of it getting into the hands of consumers. ”

No Frills is owned by Loblaw Cos. Ltd. In an email message, Inge van den Berg, senior vice-president for corporate affairs, said the health and safety of the company’s customers is paramount.

“Loblaw Companies Limited is committed to providing our customers with a safe store environment and offering products that are produced, sourced and handled responsibly,” van den Berg wrote. “We have removed all affected products from store shelves and continue to fully co-operate with the ongoing police investigation.”

Consumers who bought Butcher’s Choice Honey Garlic Uncooked Pork Sausage, lot numbers 19 8280, 19 85205, 19 85311 or 19 8277, with a best-before date of 13 OCT 2009 or 16 OCT 2009, are asked to inspect the packaging for evidence of tampering. Guelph Police should be contacted if tampering is suspected.

Anyone who purchased the affected product can return it to the store for a full refund, or call Loblaw’s customer service line at 1-866-987-6453.

A similar tampering incident earlier this year at the same store led to the arrest and guilty plea of a Guelph woman who inserted 13 sewing needles into packages of meat products back in March.

Mastoora Qezil, 42, will be sentenced on Oct. 27 for common nuisance, a charge with a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

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